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Diversity, Equal Opportunity, & Non-Discrimination Statements

WSWHE BOCES is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community in which members develop their abilities to live in a complex and interconnected world. Consistent with our educational mission, we recognize ourselves as a community that respects individual identities based on varying socio-cultural characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, first language, religious and spiritual tradition, age, ability, socioeconomic status, and learning style.

We strive to create a socially just world that honors the dignity and worth of each individual, and we seek to build a community centered on mutual respect and openness to ideas—one in which individuals value cultural and intellectual diversity and share the responsibility for creating a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: 

The BOCES is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. The BOCES strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, gender (including gender identity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, military status, including past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic or other protected class recognized by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, disciplinary action, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.

The BOCES also prohibits any form of disciplinary action, reprisal, intimidation, or retaliation for the good faith reporting of incidents of discrimination, pursuing any discrimination claim, or cooperating in any investigation related to a report or claim of discrimination.

Any employee, regardless of position or title, who subjects an individual to illegal discrimination or retaliation in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including the termination of employment. 

Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Statement: 

The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES does not discriminate in its programs and activities, including employment and admission as applicable, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, economic status, marital status, veterans' status, political affiliation, domestic victim status, use of a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog, disability, or other classifications protected under federal or state law, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The designated district compliance officer(s) will coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, and the New York State Human Rights Law. The BOCES Civil Rights Compliance Officer is: Turina Parker, Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES, 267 Ballard Road, Suite 5, Wilton, NY 12831. p
hone: (518) 581-3716, email: tuparker@wswheboces.org. Complaints may also be filed with the Office for Civil Rights, New York Office, U.S. Department of Education, 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005- 2500, phone (646) 428-3800, fax (646) 428-3843, email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

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For Additional Information or Assistance
Inquiries concerning the preceding policies and procedures or requests for assistance should be directed to the following:
 
Dr. Turina Parker
Assistant Superintendent for Educational and Support Programs & 
Civil Rights Compliance Officer

WSWHE BOCES
Office of Personnel/HR
267 Ballard Road, Suite 5
Wilton, NY 12831
(518) 581-3716